At a Glance

Mission Statement 

To provide an environment where one may learn how to soar with one’s strengths and manage one’s weaknesses. The Samara Learning Center will do this with an overall focus on building successful attributes, such as self-awareness, proactivity, perseverance, and goal setting through a 3 part approach: 1.) Samara Day School 2.) M.A.P.L.E. Tutoring 3.) Elective Collective/Community Involvement 

The Samara Day School

A school for students with all learning abilities as well as challenges, such as, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, Attention Deficit Disorder(ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD), and high functioning autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It provides multi-modal, multi-disciplinary, and individualized research based programs that facilitate strengthening and compensatory strategies for a child’s area of need while providing opportunities for the child to discover and build upon their strengths.

•    Initially for 4th-8th grade. Currently expanding our student body!

•    Small class size: average 1:6 teacher/student ratio

•    College preparatory curriculum

•    Multiple and research based instructional strategies

•    Daily emphasis on executive functioning skills

•    Daily emphasis on building successful attributes

•    Integration of social development skills

•    Elective programs including art, music, computer science, and athletics

•    Dual enrollment opportunities

•    Partnership with local businesses for students to explore and develop skills for post-graduation careers  

•    Team approach that encourages cooperation and communication between the student, the students’ families, and the various professionals that may also be working with the child: occupational therapists, speech therapists, learning specialists, psychologists, pediatricians, etc.    

M.A.P.L.E. Tutoring

A homework tutoring center for students from 4th-12th grade that will provide tutoring in a small group setting (4:1 student to tutor ratio) focusing on building executive functioning skills (organization, time management, etc.) and successful attributes (proactivity, perseverance, etc.).  The goal is to provide structure, strategies, and good habits to increase current success while guiding the students to independent long term success. M.A.P.L.E. stands for:

  • M =  Make Priorities
  • A  =  Always Organize
  • P  =  Proactive Actions
  • L  =  Learning Time Management
  • E  =  Excel 

Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) Parenting Class:

​CPS training sessions are facilitated by parent and CPS Certified Trainer, Shannon Pugerude, M. Ed.
Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) is an evidence-based, trauma-informed, strength-based, neuro-biologically grounded, mindful model that empowers youth and family. Skills needed to communicate safely and empathetically while building new neural connections in the brain will be taught. This method is especially effective for families who struggle with emotional, social, and behaviorally challenging children. 

Social Skills Groups:

Three groups taught by Shannon Pugerude, M. Ed. to help children (and adults) learn the skills most important for emotional, behavioral, cognitive, and social successes. 

  • Self-Regulation
  • Engage, Relate, Educate
  • Social Skills

Elective Collective

An elective class (art, music, crafts, etc.) inspired program offering members of the general community, children and adults, classes that encourage the exploration of one’s strengths, creative interests, and curiosity while integrating the Success Attributes and pragmatic skills, such as: time management, finding a mentor, and utilization of resources.  


Community Involvement

Central Oregon ADD (COADD) support group

Decoding Dyslexia support group

Recommendations to other programs suited for families

Recommendations to therapists in various fields

Recommendations to community support groups, resources, camps, tutors, and IEP support

Roots Festival

​Children's Museum of Central Oregon pop-up events

High Desert Education Service District